John M. Becker

Russian Lawmaker: U2 Album Cover Promotes Gay Sex

Filed By John M. Becker | May 01, 2015 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Apple, gay propaganda, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, U2, white elephant gift

u2-songs-of-innocence-album-cover.jpgRemember last year, when Apple pissed off customers all over the world by automatically adding U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, to everyone's iTunes library? Well, one Russian politician is still steaming mad about the whole dust-up -- not because his phone suddenly had music on it that he didn't want, but because of what he calls "gay propaganda" on the album cover.

The Guardian reports:

A Russian Duma deputy has asked Russia's attorney general to investigate Apple for distributing "gay propaganda" to minors.

Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the rightwing LDPR party, says Apple spammed youths with illegal content when it released U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, to more than 500 million iTunes customers worldwide in September 2014...

The album cover in question features the band's drummer, Larry Mullen Jr, embracing his 18-year-old son, Elvis, shirtless. The image was taken by photographer Glen Luchford, and the group says it is a visual metaphor for the album and its theme of "how holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else's".

But Starovoitov disagrees. He says the U2 album art promotes sex between men, and the newspaper Izvestia, known for its pro-Kremlin reporting, quotes Evgeny Tonky, a lawyer, who says he's ready to sue Apple for compensation for moral damages on behalf of his own son...

The album initially launched with different cover art, the two shirtless men only appeared later, when physical copies of the album went on sale.

If Apple is found guilty, it could face fines of up to one million rubles or be forced to stop operating in Russia for a period of up to 90 days.

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